Dean Karnazes

Ultra Runner

Named by TIME magazine as one of the, “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dean Karnazes has expanded the boundaries of human endurance and along the way has inspired countless others to be the best that they can be. Men’s Fitness says, “Dean Karnazes might just be the fittest man on the planet,” yet it is his unique ability to enthuse athletes of all abilities and backgrounds that truly sets him apart.

An internationally recognized endurance athlete, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has raced and competed on all seven continents, twice over. Among his many accomplishments, he’s run a 135-mile ultra-marathon across Death Valley in 120-degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. He’s run a 200-mile relay solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. In 2006, he ran 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he completed in three hours flat, and in 2011 he ran 3,000-miles from California to New York, stopping along the way at the White House were he was welcomed and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, The Howard Stern Show, NPR’s Morning Edition, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner’s World, Outside, and Wired magazine’s, and has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Men’s Journal, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Telegraph, to mention a few.

He is a prolific author and writer whose had numerous titles appear on the New York Times bestseller list. Though he is most proud of his contributions of time and funding to programs aimed at getting kids and youth outdoors and moving and reversing the alarming trend of childhood obesity and inactivity.

  • Home: San Francisco Bay Area part of the time, traveling somewhere the other
  • Favorite Music: Indie, college & garage bands
  • Favorite Food: Anything Greek (“reminds me of home”)
  • Greatest Fear: Taking myself or life too seriously
  • Proudest Moment: Running a 10K with my daughter on her 10th birthday
  • Favorite Book: The Endurance - Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
  • Ambition: Attempting a global expedition to run a marathon in every country of the planet in one-year.
  • Weakness: Chocolate covered espresso beans
  • Greatest Inspiration: My father
  • Dream Vacation: Surfing in Tavarua, Fiji
  • Words To Live By: If not now, when?
  • Favorite The North Face Product: Sentinel Boa shoes
  • Cause(s): Anything involving getting kids outdoors and active
  • How I Relax: I don’t. Relaxing stresses me out
  • Three Things People Should Know About Me
  1. I used to eat junk food, but now I don’t. Hey, people change (for the better in this instance)
  2. My real name is, “Constantine” (“Dean” is just a nickname)
  3. I can make bad Karaoke even worse. Listening to my signing could cause permanent damage.
  • Ran 3,000-miles Across America from coast of California to New York City
  • Winner 4 Deserts Race Series
  • President’s Council on Fitness & Sports, Community Leadership Award
  • Winner Vermont Trail 100
  • Winner Atacama Crossing
  • ESPN ESPY Award winner “Best Outdoor Athlete”
  • Winner Dead President’s Ultra
  • Ran 50 Marathons, in 50 US States, in 50 Consecutive Days
  • Winner Badwater Ultramarathon
  • Competitor magazine “Endurance Athlete of the Year”
  • Emmy Award for Best Sports Feature
  • American Ultrarunning Team member
  • Men’s Journal “Adventure Hall of Fame”
  • Eleven-time Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Silver Buckle
  • Outside magazine “Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes”
  • Winner Outdoor World Championships